Wayne Rooney delight as England book World Cup spot

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Wayne Rooney could barely contain his delight as England booked their place at the World Cup next summer with a 2-0 win over Poland at Wembley.

England needed three points to ensure their place in Brazil next year against a dangerous Poland side, and despite a few scares, Roy Hodgson's men did enough to grab the three points they needed to secure top spot in Group H from Ukraine.

Rooney himself opened the scoring late on in the first half as he headed home from a superb Leighton Baines delivery. 

Poland looked to attack in the second-half and had more than their fair share of chances, but captain Steven Gerrard put the result beyond doubt with a late surging run and finish past the advancing Wojciech Szczesny. 

Rooney wrote on his official Facebook page: "Get in there, Brazil here we come! Big thanks to the England fans for their support throughout the qualifiers and especially tonight, they were top class!"

The win was far from straight-forward against a Poland side backed by 18,000 travelling supporters, and with Ukraine strolling to an 8-0 victory against San Marino, anything less than a win would consign the Three Lions to the lottery that is the play-offs.

Speaking to ITV after the game, Rooney said it was part of England's game-plan to be bide their time despite the pressure they were under.

"A big part of our preparations was being patient," he said. "We knew they would come and make it tough.

"We have always remained positive. We have had a great focus and belief.

"We have some fantastic young players in our team, with some great experience. It is a good blend, it is good times for England."

After their final World Cup qualifier, England topped Group H on 22 points, ahead of Ukraine who go into the play-offs having accumulated 21 points.

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